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VLAND LED Headlights with Sequential Turn Signal (2015)

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by kuokoa, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. Sep 27, 2021 at 12:27 AM
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    kuokoa

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    I know there's posts scattered around about the VLAND LED headlights, but I wanted to share my experience here instead of hijacking someone else's thread. I have a 2015 (all halogen), but was running 2015 TRD Pro headlights with VLED V6 Triton switchbacks and VLED Microevolution LED headlight bulbs.

    Based my decision on some of the random posts on these lights as well as a couple posts by @memario1214 (here & here) stating that VLAND is basically Alpharex. I ended up buying them on Amazon instead of the manufacturer due to some shipping questions :anonymous:

    You're all probably wondering why I didn't go OEM LED - I live in Hawai'i and it's rare to find factory take-off's. Ordering OEM's would've costed me double due to shipping, even through my local dealership. If I find OEM LED's, I'll probably pick them up. These were my next "best" option without spending $1,500 on lights :bananadead:

    Received them yesterday and gave them a thorough observation. Nothing questionable about the seals, wiring, fit, and finish. My only complaint was the directions provided, but once you start installing, it's fairly obvious which harness to use (comes with 2) and where the "extra" plugs go. All the VLAND connectors were solid with the factory harness. The only "mod" I added was a zip tie on the headlight plug so it wouldn't come disconnected/undone over time.

    * edit: I have one complaint. I realized that I seemed to have lost the headlight leveling function. I'm gonna play around with it and see if I can figure it out.

    I also did the grey-wire mod & depinned the purple wire on the factory turn signal connector (here & here). Since the VLAND lights use the LED "tube" around the lights as the DRL, having my VLED Tritons as a DRL seemed like overkill. I also read on the linked threads above that the 3157 halogen bulb gets too hot and melts the housing when it's run in DRL mode. My solution was to remove the "factory" configured turn signal DRL feature and use the turn signal as only a turn signal (doesn't come on in DRL mode, parking light mode, lights on mode). These 2 mods seemed to do the trick. Although, since I removed the VLED Tritons - since I effectively removed the usefulness of the switchbacks - and replaced it with the 3157 (since it's only turn signal), I'll probably go back and replace it with an LED bulb and reuse the VLED VLR6 resistors for the hyperflash.

    Anyway, sorry for the novel, here's some pictures I tried to take with my iPhone. I realized the LED tube doesn't look as smooth as the OEM LED tube, but I guess that's the trade for the sequential turn signal.

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  2. Sep 27, 2021 at 12:35 AM
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    stock TRD Pro (halogen) headlights:
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    VLAND LED headlights:
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    for reference, here's how they looked with my VLED V6 Triton switchbacks running as DRL's. they don't look terrible, but a little "busy". also, the wiring behind the light was literal fricken spaghetti with the VLAND harness, VLED harness, and factory harness.

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  3. Sep 27, 2021 at 12:46 AM
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    NIGHT SHOTS
    (obviously need some re-aiming)

    only Diode Dynamics SS3 Sport w/ combo lens:

    I believe the white light is from my VLED V6 Triton switchbacks, which were still installed when I took these.

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    headlights (low beam) + DD SS3's:

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  4. Sep 27, 2021 at 12:49 AM
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    VLAND LED Sequential Turn Signal



     
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  5. Sep 27, 2021 at 7:11 AM
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    So how's the output to the naked eye? Write us a whole novel, and leave out that part? :p

    Also, I am pretty sure that those lights don't have the headlight levelers. I want to say that I read that on the Alpharex listing (their site is down for maintenance at the moment so I can't confirm), but I don't see anything about it on the Amazon listing for those lights.
     
  6. Sep 27, 2021 at 9:26 AM
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    :facepalm:

    I can’t remember what stock halogens were like, but the VLAND’s are not as bright as the VLED Microevolution bulbs in the Pro housings I had. VLAND seems is bright though, and I think it’ll get better when I aim the lights correctly.

    but naked eye test, not as bright as my previous setup - but not sure how it compares to halogen.
     
  7. Sep 27, 2021 at 9:32 AM
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    Bummer! I secretly figured I knew what the outcome would be, but I was hopeful!

    Can you get some more night pics for me someday? Seeing if I can get some comparison photos between the OEM LEDs and what you've got without me having to outlay the scratch for those right now. We could sync up camera settings as close as possible, and if you snap first I'll do my best to mirror angles and such.

    Side note - I think your SS3s are aimed low. Looks like the driving portion of that beam is straight into the ground. The only forward lighting I am seeing is the splash light from the flood portion!
     
  8. Sep 27, 2021 at 12:52 PM
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    yeah, I can do that. I'm gonna disable my fog lights (I did the mod where the fogs are always on as soon as parking lights go on) so they don't drown out the headlight low beams. the low beams aren't that bad. I think what I notice is that the light is more dispersed rather than focused, if that makes sense. hopefully our comparison will give us some better evidence.

    mahalo for the tip on the SS3's. I'm actually not really sure how they're supposed to be aimed. Initially when I swapped the lenses from the SAE fogs, they were aimed higher but I thought that was blinding for oncoming traffic so pushed it lower.
     
  9. Oct 6, 2021 at 2:53 PM
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    OP, you mentioned VLAND are basically Alpharex? based on your pictures, i noticed that VLAND the clear lenses for the DRL just like OEM and seem way brighter and can be seen in broad daylight. I have the Alpharex and my DRL lens looks like an opaque milky white color. DRL and sequential can barely be seen in broad daylight.

    The picture above is Alpharex I have. Not Nova series. just the cheap series lol.
    Headlights on and DRL on dim. It's like it's not even on lol
     
  10. Oct 8, 2021 at 11:03 AM
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    I think @memario1214 might have more info. I've seen other pics of Alpharex where the lights look like the VLAND's I have. how old are your lights? I wonder if they changed up components at some point
     
  11. Oct 8, 2021 at 11:05 AM
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    i have already talked to him and he has given me awesome advice! I got mine about a week ago, but then again, i do not know when it was manufactured.
     
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    Thanks for all the info here. It helped quite a bit to sort things out. I just installed the vlands on my 2018 SR5. I used the wire harness witth the additional wire going into the fuse box for the DRL ( 2014 spec ). I didnt change my fog lamps and just popped Sealight LED's in. Lets see how much this improves visibility compared to the mediocre OEM headlight output at night.
     
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